DALLAS - Former Union pitcher Marty Popham is now a member of the Minnesota Twins organization after being selected by the Twins during the Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
Popham, who was drafted in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Draft by Cleveland, had been a part of the Indians organization the past four seasons. During his minor-league career, Popham has played at all levels the rookie league to Triple-A, compiling a 20-11 record with a 3.72 ERA, 327 strikeouts and 70 walks in 336.2 innings pitched.
In 2011, the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder, went 6-3 with a 4.58 ERA last season across Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A. Popham also had 106 strikeouts and 25 walks in 112 innings of work.
Popham helped the Bulldogs get to the 2008 NAIA World Series as he led the NAIA in wins with a 17-1 overall record. The right-hander posted a 2.27 earned-run average and set seven single-season records. The marks Popham set were for wins (17), games started (18), complete games (12), shutouts (3), innings pitched (123.0), strikeouts (133) and winning percentage (.944 with a 17-1 record).
In addition to the single-season records, Popham also holds the career mark for winning percentage (.852 with a 23-4 record).
In 2008, Popham was a NAIA First Team All-American as well as the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.